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Charity Dragon Boat race so close: photo finish for our pirates-in-training!

Posted: 29th May 2019

A 20-strong team representing Ian Williams’ ‘pirates-in-training’ with family and friends supporting, recently took to the water in the 12th annual Leeds Dragon Boat Race in aid of Martin House Hospice for Children and Young People, raising to date £1320. And it was so close – a photo finish for our team finishing second with just 0.2 seconds difference.

Ian Williams’ Business Manager and Race Commodore, Stuart Sunderland commented: “It started as a bit of fun when I entered the Leeds Ian Williams team into the Dragon Boat race event to raise money for Martin House. I assumed it would be ‘easy like a Sunday morning’. After extensive training – well, rounding up a team actually – we arrived to find our star paddler had had to drop out so had to urgently get volunteers to step into the breach to beat a rhythm to keep us all going. And this new line up worked well.

“Sailing through the heats to the semis, and our paddling style now perfected, we cruised on to the final, taking on the 2018 winners. It was neck to neck across all 4 teams down the course, and we just missed out in second place with just 0.2 seconds difference! But we didn’t really miss out at all – it was a fantastic day for a fantastic cause, and I reckon we’ll be all aboard again next year.”

If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/IanWilliamsLeeds